Whisky sour? Rare or feign Scotch unprotected by carbon-dating


EDINBURGH (Reuters) – A vast series of singular and collectable whiskies, infrequently sole for hundreds of thousand of pounds, are expected to be fake, researchers have found.

Investigators from a Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre used carbon-dating to representation 55 bottles of Scotch bought by a delegate market, finding that 21 were undisguised fakes or not strong in a year declared, Rare Whisky 101, that consecrated a study, said.

The sale of singular collectors’ whiskies is some-more and some-more popular, and this Oct a 60-year-old The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sole for record 848,750 pounds ($1.08 million) during auction.

Researchers demeanour during notation levels of radiocarbon engrossed by a barley used to make Scotland’s flagship trade to establish a age. Those with aloft levels of radiocarbon contingency have been strong before to a 1950s chief era, they said.

The correctness of a routine is such that they can pinpoint expected solution years to within a dual to three-year duration after a 1950s, and a wider duration before.

“It is a genuine faith that each supposed pre-1900 – and in many cases most after – bottle should be insincere feign until proven genuine, positively if a bottle claims to be a singular malt Scotch whisky,” pronounced David Robertson, co-founder of Rare Whisky 101, that publishes discernment and comprehension for blockade collectors.

“This problem will usually grow as prices for singular bottles continue to increase,” he added.

Reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary; modifying by Stephen Addison


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